Bio of Artistic Director
Jane Farver

JANE FARVER APPOINTED ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR THE 5TH EDITION OF 2011 INCHEON WOMEN ARTISTS' BIENNALE

2011 Incheon Women Artists' Biennale Organizing Committee appointed Jane Farver as the Artistic Director for the 5th edition of 2011 Incheon Women Artists' Biennale. She is the first foreign curator to serve as its Artistic Director.

Jane Farver, former Director of the List Visual Arts Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1999 to May, 2011 and Director of Exhibitions at the Queens Museum of Art in New York from 1992 to 1999, is an independent curator in New York. She was one of the organizers for Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin 1950s-1980s, which toured the United States. One of six guest curators for the 2000 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, she also served as co-commissioner for the 2003 Cairo Biennial. In 2008, she was a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions, which selects artists to represent the United States at biennial exhibitions in Venice, Sao Paolo, Cairo, and Istanbul.

Farver is familiar with Korean art scene. She was invited to panel discussions at Busan Biennale in 2010 and 4th Gwangju Biennial Curatorial Conference in 2001, and has worked with Korean artists such as Sung-Hwan Kim and Kim Sooja. Also Farver contributed an essay to a catalogue celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Korean Cultural Council in New York.

The theme of the 5th Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale is Terra Incognita. Many mathematicians and physicists believe there is a mathematical probability that our universe may be just one in an infinite ocean of universes, and that within these, places may exist where our doubles reside and unknowingly mirror our actions. While arguments about whether our universe is finite or infinite continue, this line of inquiry will have a profound impact on our view of the very nature of reality. However, as the math and science worlds seek to expand our view of reality (that ours is not a solo, primary cosmos), the planet earth is more fragmented and fractured than ever before. “For the Incheon Women Artists Biennale, I would like to explore the concept of multi and parallel universes in regard to contemporary international art. The many layers of meaning, metaphors, and possibilities the concept offers make it an elastic theme appropriate for an exhibition such as this” says Jane Farver.
Currently, over 180 active biennales and triennials are existing in the world. There is no accurate number on the percentage of male and female artists. However, it is clear that the majority of artists participating in international biennales are male. The Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial claimed to be gender conscious by featuring a higher percentage of women artists; in its last three editions, about 30% were women artists. Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale is recognized as the world's first and only international biennale devoted to women in the arts.

This year's edition features Terra Incognita in the Main section that exclusively invites women artists from Korea and abroad; In the Wake of 2013 in the Tuning section that showcases diverse works of both male and female artists from Korea and abroad; and Alone Together in the Participation section that offers the opportunity of a one-person show to Korean woman artists who actively work in diverse art fields. In addition, an international symposium and a number of panels are being planned for the first week of the biennial to provide a venue for a wider discussion on women's art in the landscape of contemporary art.

The 5th Incheon Women Artists Biennale will take place at Incheon Arts and Culture Center along with three other venues, The Museum of Korea Emigration History, Bupyeong Arts Center, and Incheon Educational and Cultural Center for Students during the month of October.
 
 
  Education
 
· M.A. Art History, Kent State University, OH
 
 
· B.A. English, Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA
 
  Career
 
· 1999 - Present - Director, MIT List Visual Art Center
 
 
· 2010 - Panelist, Busan Biennial, Busan, Korea
 
 
· 2009 - Panelist, Asian Cultural Council, New York, NY
- Panelist, the Liguian Study Center, Bogliasco Foundation, Genoa, Italy
- Lector, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
 
 
· 2008 - Member of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions, which selects artists to represent the United States at biennial exhibitions in Venice, Sao Paolo, Cairo, and Istanbul
 
 
· 2006 - Panelist, National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of State
 
 
· 2003 - Co-commissioner, Cairo Biennale, Egypt
 
 
· 2002 - Visiting Critic, International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, NY,
 
 
· 2001 - Panelist, 4th Gwangju Biennial Curatorial Conference, Gwangju, Korea
 
 
· 1999 - 2000 - Guest co-curator, Whiteney Biennial, New York, NY
 
 
· 1992 - 1999 - Director of Exhibitions, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
 
 
· 1998 - Visiting Curator, Danish Contemporary Art Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark
 
 
· 1999 - 2000 - Project director, Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin 1950s -1980
 
 
· 1988 - 1989 - Director, Tomoko Liguori Gallery, New York, NY
 
 
· 1985 - 1987 - Assistant Director/Curator, The Alternative Museum, New York, NY
 
 
· 1981 - 1985 - Director, Spaces, Cleveland, Ohio
 
  Selected Awards
 
· 2011 - MIT Gyorgy Kepes Fellowship Award
 
 
· 2009 - Asian Cultural Council grant to travel throughout China
 
 
· 2000 - Japan-U.S. Museum Professional Exchange Grant
 
 
· 1996, 1999 - Art Development Committee Curatorial Awards
 
 
· 1994 - Asian Cultural Council Travel Grant to Korea and Japan
 
 
· 1984 - Ohio Governor's Award for Arts Administration